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Article 1: Membership

Eligible persons for membership of Kean Federation of Teachers shall be all members of the bargaining unit.

Article 2: Dues
Section 1: Dues shall be one per cent of gross salary per year.

Section 2: Dues may be paid annually in advance within the month of September or they may be paid in two installations of which one-half shall be paid in September and one-half shall be paid in January, or they may be paid by dues check-off.

Section 3: Members in arrears may not make motions, may not make nominations and may not vote but they may speak to motions made by members in good


Standing Committees

The following standing committees shall be active in the Federation:

1. Membership 
2. Contract Negotiations 
3. Educational Policies 
4. Grievance 
5. Publicity 
6. Legislation 
7. Social

Special Committees

The following special committees shall be appointed as provided in the by-laws:

1. Budget 
2. Audit 
3. Election 
4. Such others as may be required 


In order to secure effective, independent, aggressive and adversary representation in establishing their rights, duties and conditions of employment; in order to work together for the benefit of each and all; and in order to establish a firm, democratic foundation for fighting for sound principles of democratic education on campus, in the state, and throughout the nation, the faculty members of Kean University of New Jersey do establish this constitution.


Established in 1978, the Kean Federation of Teachers (KFT) is a union of more than 450 professors, professional staff and librarians. KFT Local 2187 is a member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and of the AFL-CIO. The KFT is one of the locals under the Council of New Jersey State College/University Locals (CNJSCL), the statewide bargaining agent for more than 6,500 professional employees in 11 state college locals in New Jersey.

We protect and advance the terms and conditions of employment for our members, professional educators and staff committed to their students and to their

The AFT represents higher education faculty (including both full- and part-time), professional staff and graduate employees, in all sectors of higher education—public and private, two-year and four-year institutions of higher education. MORE

Learn the history of the AFT, including the union's founding in Chicago in 1916, its affiliation with the AFL-CIO, its battles for workers and human rights and its continued work to uphold the proud traditions on which the union was created.


AFT Mission Statement

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.


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